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MiiPC is a Newly Kickstarted Gadget for Parents to Better Regulate Their Kids’ Web Usage

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It’s safe to say that most parents are curious about how their children occupy themselves online. Moms and Dads out there, could you relate? Perhaps you’re wondering how much time is spent playing Angry Birds or hanging out with friends on Facebook. These and more are the concerns that the MiiPC project is trying to address.

Basically, this device is a compact, powerful Android PC running 4.2 Jelly Bean. It has multiple user accounts, so apps can be allowed or disallowed for different users, individually. It’s optimized for large screens, so either a TV or computer monitor can be used with it. And it’ll also support a keyboard or mouse.

A unique feature of MiiPC is the companion mobile app, which allows parents to remotely monitor and even control the device. So a parent can check on what apps are being used, by whom and for how long.

Check out the project video to see MiiPC in use and learn more about the philosophy behind the project:

Technical specs? Sure.

  • Processor: Marvell New Armada Dual Core 1.2GHz SoC / Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 4GB Internal Flash (expandable via SD Slot and USB port)
  • Connectivity: WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), Ethernet Port, and Bluetooth (4.0)
  • I/O: 2 USB 2.0 Ports, Speaker & Microphone Jack, HDMI (1080p/720p) output

They’ve made their Kickstarter goal, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t appreciate more help. Drop by and see if it’s the kind of thing that would make your life easier as a parent.

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